Please find a template letter urging the Minister of Finance to include the
recommendations of Bill C-534, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (in-home care of
a relative) into the federal budget. This inclusion would allow spouses, often the primary
caregivers to those living with MS, the ability to claim tax credits.
We ask that you use this template to write to the minister of Finance. To make the letter
effective, you can personalize it by telling your own story. There is strength in numbers
so remember to encourage your friends and family to write for their support to the bill as
You can either send the letter by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail (postage is
We would appreciate if you could share with us a copy of a response letter. Please
forward the letter to: email@example.com
INSERT DATE, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty
Minister of Finance
East Tower, 21st Floor
140 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5
Dear Minister Flaherty,
As you may be aware, our current Income Tax Act does not allow spouses to
claim the Caregiver Amount as a tax credit. I am requesting that the Government of
Canada include in private member’s bill C-534 into the federal budget. Your immediate
action would ensure that the disabled individual’s spouse or common-law partner would
benefit from the caregiver tax credit. The first reading of Bill C-534 was carried on June
Currently, most other relatives of a disabled person (including a child, grandchild,
brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, parent or grandparent) can claim this
amount, but not a spouse. Making it a refundable credit would, in addition, provide help
to the poorest families.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect the entire family. Spouses, mothers, fathers
and children become caregivers who are integral to the health and well-being of people
with MS. Unfortunately, caregiving can have a negative effect on the health of
caregivers and their own financial security.
Minister Flaherty, a number of provinces have recognized the importance in the
role that spousal caregivers provide and have put in place assistance to caregivers. For
example, the province of Manitoba has launched a refundable caregiver tax credit that
spouses and others can claim. Nova Scotia also has initiated a caregiver allowance
program for which spouses are eligible.
We believe that providing assistance to the informal caregiving community would
help to ease the financial, social and emotional pressures they may face daily. Your
support on this issue would bring us one step closer to improving the quality of life for
Canadians affected by MS.